As I look at the picture above I rejoice in the family God has given me. My precious family, the treasure that God has placed in my hands to guide and disciple. Please keep them in your prayers as they grow. Tanya in now 16 and starting to think about college. She has many choices to make in the next year or two. We are hoping to get her started with classes over the internet and at least let her get some basics finished. Christy is 13 and loves life. She has a servants heart and can be counted on to help whether it is with cookies or cleaning. Josh (9) is starting his personal race. He loves action, mechanics, building, and good stories. Pray that we can guide him into meaningful service for the Lord and that we can help all of them grow in the Lord.
(The new background and Title is courtesy of Tanya and her new computer. :) )
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
On the second attempt I figured I had mastered the physics of this situation. We shortened the over all length by lowering the pivot point on the base. This increased our leverage a lot. We also added a push pole so that we could have some guys on the back side pushing it up as well as on the pole. Because I saw it was a much larger wind turbine, we added more tie downs on the roof to help hold it steady and I was ready for the big day. On the last Fri. of Nov. I found that we had indeed mastered the geometry needed to get the turbine up in the air as it went up without any trouble, but Murphy was still near by. As the wind picked up the pole started to shimmer and shake. As we watched it started to bow almost a foot in middle in either direction. It gives you a whole new appreciation for wind power to watch a two inch heavy gauge pole flex what appeared to be 24 inches and vibrate the whole roof. So attempt two looks even better than one, but the turbine is still shut down. Attempt three is coming up as I ordered a 4 inch pole and hope to get it up over Christmas. Thanks for keeping this in your prayers. The best news to date, is that no one has fallen off my roof yet. LOL